Spiral-Structured Planetary Nebula NGC 5307

Spiral-Structured Planetary Nebula NGC 5307

Download Options

Fast Facts
News release ID: STScI-1997-38
Release Date: Dec 17, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

NGC 5307 also lies in Centaurus but is about 10,000 light-years away and has a diameter of approximately 0.6 light-year. It is an example of a planetary nebula with a pinwheel or spiral structure; each blob of gas ejected from the central star has a counterpart on the opposite side of the star.

Nebulae, Observations, Planetary Nebulae


Credit: Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA